An Artist’s Duties Under Massachusetts Consignment Laws

I’ve written before about how to protect your art in the hands of dealers. Massachusetts’ laws, which offer substantial protections for artists, also put a small burden on the artist to provide the dealer with certain information about the art.

(b) A consignor who delivers a work of fine art hereunder shall, upon delivery of the work of fine art, furnish to the consignee a separate written statement of delivery of the work of fine art, which shall include at a minimum the following information:—


(1) the artist’s name and the name of the owner of the work of fine art;


(2) the title, if any, of the work of fine art;


(3) the medium and dimensions of the work of fine art;


(4) the date of completion of the work of fine art;


(5) the date of delivery of the work of fine art; and


(6) the anticipated fair market value of the work of fine art.

M.G.L. Ch. 104A, Section 2. Failure to submit this information does not harm the consignment relationship, but it does impede the record keeping that is at the core of recent additions to the Massachusetts law.

Good record keeping is important for artists and galleries alike, and taking this small step will help you and the gallery keep track of your work.